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Durant's 37 lead Warriors over Rockets 119-106

HOUSTON (AP) Kevin Durant continues to deliver in the postseason for the Golden State Warriors.

He scored 37 points on Monday night to lead the Warriors to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

But if it were up to him, he would have done even more.

Durant wasn't happy with coach Steve Kerr when he took him out in late in the third quarter and loudly asked his coach why he was putting him on the bench. Durant, who played just more than 40 minutes, was asked if he'd prefer to play the entire 48 minutes.

''Probably so,'' Durant said.

Kerr acknowledged that he should have left him in at that point and raved about his performance after his fourth 30-point game this postseason.

''This is why anybody would want him on their team ... I don't know what you do to guard him,'' Kerr said. ''He can get any shot he wants.''

Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors trailed by as many as 9 early, but had evened it up by halftime and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away.

''We're in the Western Conference finals they are going to come out with a lot of energy,'' Durant said. ''We're going to take that first punch and keep punching.''

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.

Eric Gordon opened the final period with a 3-pointer to get the top-seeded Rockets within 4, but Thompson scored the first eight points of a 13-4 run to make it 100-87 with about eight minutes left.

Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go. But Thompson struck again, hitting a wide open 3 to leave the Warriors ahead by 10 with four minutes left.

Harden scored 41 to lead the Rockets, who lost at home for the second time this postseason.

''You're not going to come in and just knock them out,'' Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. ''There were too many times where we had mental lapses. We didn't switch properly, turned the ball over and missed too many layups. We need to do a better job of staying up mentally.''

Now the Rockets are left to regroup after losing their leg up in the homecourt advantage they worked all season for.

''It's nice to have home court,'' D'Antoni said. ''(But) we don't have it. Now we've got to go get it.''

Steph Curry added 18 for the Warriors, who are in the conference finals for a franchise-record fourth straight time. It's Houston's first trip since 2015 when Golden State won the series in five games.

''I think he's going to get even better as the series goes on, which is good for us,'' Kerr said of Curry.

The Warriors, who are the second seed in the West, opened a playoff series away from Oracle Arena for the first time since 2014 when they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 4-3 in the opening round.

Houston struggled to slow down Durant all night, and things got even worse when Trevor Ariza picked up his fifth foul with about 10 minutes left in the third with Golden State up by 3. Durant made two baskets for the Warriors around one by Chris Paul that left the Warriors up 73-68 a couple of minutes later.

''He's one of the best scorers ever,'' D'Antoni said of Durant. ''I thought he was extremely good. But we can withstand that. We can't withstand turning the ball over and giving up so many wide open 3s.''

Gordon added a layup for Houston after that, but Golden State scored the next six points, with a 3-pointer from Thompson, to make it 79-70 with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the third.

Houston ended a scoring drought of more than two minutes with a dunk by Harden seconds later and the Warriors followed with another run, scoring six straight points to extend it to 85-72 with just more than two minutes left in the third.

The Rockets rediscovered their offense after that, scoring the next eight points, powered by 3s from Gordon and Gerald Green, to get within 85-80 with about a minute left in the quarter.

Durant added two free throws to close out the quarter and leave the Warriors up 87-80 entering the fourth.

''Houston, they never stop,'' Durant said. ''They are always in the game with 3-point shots. We try to get good shots every time down and defend on the other end.''

TIP-INS

Warriors: Curry extended his NBA playoff record by making at least one 3-pointer in his 80th straight playoff game. ... Draymond Green received a technical early in the first quarter when he pushed Harden after a shot. ... Curry missed his first free throw of the playoffs in the third quarter after making all 19 attempts in the first two rounds.

Rockets: Paul added 23 points and 11 rebounds. ... Clint Capela had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks. ... Gordon added 15 points off the bench.

THEY SAID IT

Draymond Green on getting the technical so early: ''I was a bit overzealous, a bit amped up, but I'd rather that any day than coming out flat.''

UP NEXT

After Game 2 the series moves to Oracle Arena for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:45 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 0-3
11:26   Kevin Durant missed floating jump shot, blocked by Clint Capela  
11:21   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
11:15   Jumpball  
11:15   Offensive foul on Trevor Ariza  
11:11   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:10   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
10:54 +2 James Harden made driving layup 0-5
10:53   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
10:53 +1 James Harden made free throw 0-6
10:36 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 2-6
10:11 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 2-9
9:59   Personal foul on Trevor Ariza  
9:47   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
9:41   Bad pass turnover on P.J. Tucker, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
9:37   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:32   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
9:28   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:24   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:19 +2 Draymond Green made finger-roll layup 4-9
9:11   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:08   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:08 +2 Trevor Ariza made layup, assist by Clint Capela 4-11
9:08   Shooting foul on Andre Iguodala  
9:08 +1 Trevor Ariza made free throw 4-12
8:57   Personal foul on James Harden  
8:54   Draymond Green missed driving layup  
8:53   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
8:39   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:36   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
8:28   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
8:27   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
8:10   Personal foul on Andre Iguodala  
7:56   Team rebound  
7:56   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:56   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
7:42 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 7-12
7:27   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
7:27   P.J. Tucker missed 1st of 3 free throws  
7:27   Team rebound  
7:27 +1 P.J. Tucker made 2nd of 3 free throws 7-13
7:27   P.J. Tucker missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
7:24   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:15 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 10-13
6:54   James Harden missed reverse layup  
6:52   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
6:49   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:48   Team rebound  
6:48   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
6:37 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 12-13
6:11 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clint Capela 12-16
5:56   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
5:55   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
5:37 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 12-19
5:24   Stephen Curry missed fade-away jump shot  
5:21   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
5:14 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by P.J. Tucker 12-21
5:00   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:58   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
4:33   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:32   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
4:25 +2 Kevin Durant made driving dunk 14-21
4:05 +2 Clint Capela made reverse layup, assist by James Harden 14-23
3:49 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 16-23
3:33   Eric Gordon missed fade-away jump shot  
3:32   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:21 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 19-23
2:54 +2 Chris Paul made fade-away jump shot 19-25
2:45 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 22-25
2:25 +2 Chris Paul made jump shot 22-27
2:18 +3 Nick Young made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 25-27
1:53 +3 Gerald Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by P.J. Tucker 25-30
1:37 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot 27-30
1:18   Luc Mbah a Moute missed hook shot  
1:14   Offensive rebound by Gerald Green  
1:12   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:09   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
0:48 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 29-30
0:30   Out of bounds turnover on Luc Mbah a Moute  
0:08   Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:04   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
0:00   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Personal foul on Ryan Anderson  
11:41   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:40   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
11:34   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
11:32   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
11:28   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
11:24   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
11:08 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 29-33
10:51 +2 Klay Thompson made layup, assist by David West 31-33
10:40   Luc Mbah a Moute missed driving layup  
10:39   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
10:32 +2 Shaun Livingston made floating jump shot, assist by David West 33-33
10:19   Personal foul on David West  
10:12   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:11   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
10:03   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:01   Defensive rebound by Ryan Anderson  
9:40   Luc Mbah a Moute missed driving layup  
9:36   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:29   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:28   Defensive rebound by Luc Mbah a Moute  
9:19   Gerald Green missed floating jump shot  
9:15   Defensive rebound by David West  
9:03 +2 David West made layup, assist by Draymond Green 35-33
8:52 +2 Eric Gordon made driving layup, assist by Chris Paul 35-35
8:28 +3 Nick Young made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Klay Thompson 38-35
8:20 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 38-38
8:10 +2 Shaun Livingston made jump shot 40-38
8:10   Shooting foul on Gerald Green  
8:10 +1 Shaun Livingston made free throw 41-38
7:47   Ryan Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:44   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
7:43   Offensive foul on Draymond Green  
7:43   Offensive foul on Draymond Green  
7:37 +3 Trevor Ariza made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 41-41
7:10 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 43-41
6:57   Trevor Ariza missed driving layup  
6:56   Team rebound  
6:56   Personal foul on Trevor Ariza  
6:37   Kicked ball violation  
6:24   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:23   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
6:13   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:11   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
6:05 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Klay Thompson 45-41
5:38   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
5:29 +2 Stephen Curry made driving layup 47-41
5:12   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
5:12   Team rebound  
5:12   James Harden missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:12 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-42
4:58   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:57   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
4:51   Out of bounds turnover on Eric Gordon  
4:38   Personal foul on Trevor Ariza  
4:29 +2 Stephen Curry made layup, assist by Kevon Looney 49-42
4:02   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:00   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
3:54   Stephen Curry missed driving layup, blocked by Clint Capela  
3:50   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
3:48   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
3:48   Team rebound  
3:48   Chris Paul missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:48 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 49-43
3:26   Out of bounds turnover on Andre Iguodala  
3:10 +2 James Harden made driving layup 49-45
2:54   Offensive goaltending turnover on Kevon Looney  
2:39   Chris Paul missed driving layup  
2:37   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
2:30   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
2:24   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
2:21   Shooting foul on Andre Iguodala  
2:21 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 49-46
2:21 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 49-47
2:00   Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:58   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
1:51 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 49-49
1:34   Lost ball turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Clint Capela  
1:30   James Harden missed layup, blocked by Kevin Durant  
1:28   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
1:28   Personal foul on P.J. Tucker  
1:28 +1 Klay Thompson made 1st of 2 free throws 50-49
1:28 +1 Klay Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-49
1:05 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 51-52
0:53 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 53-52
0:39 +2 James Harden made driving dunk 53-54
0:30   Kevin Durant missed driving layup  
0:29   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
0:26 +2 James Harden made dunk, assist by Eric Gordon 53-56
0:12 +3 Nick Young made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 56-56
0:00   Clint Capela missed jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:50 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 58-56
11:22   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot  
11:19   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
11:12   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
11:11   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
11:01   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
10:46 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 58-58
10:36 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 61-58
10:13   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
10:13 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 61-59
10:13 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 61-60
10:04   Personal foul on Trevor Ariza  
9:52 +2 Stephen Curry made floating jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 63-60
9:40   Chris Paul missed fade-away jump shot  
9:39   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
9:35   Personal foul on Trevor Ariza  
9:35 +1 Andre Iguodala made 1st of 2 free throws 64-60
9:35 +1 Andre Iguodala made 2nd of 2 free throws 65-60
9:24 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 65-62
9:07 +2 Kevin Durant made hook shot 67-62
8:45 +2 James Harden made floating jump shot 67-64
8:32 +2 Klay Thompson made layup, assist by Draymond Green 69-64
8:10 +2 James Harden made jump shot 69-66
7:52 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 71-66
7:40   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
7:38   Offensive rebound by Chris Paul  
7:38 +2 Chris Paul made dunk 71-68
7:11 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 73-68
7:02   Offensive foul on Gerald Green  
7:02   Offensive foul on Gerald Green  
6:51   Lost ball turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Chris Paul  
6:50   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
6:36 +2 Eric Gordon made driving layup, assist by James Harden 73-70
6:12   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:11   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
5:56   James Harden missed floating jump shot  
5:53   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
5:50 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 76-70
5:25   Bad pass turnover on James Harden, stolen by Stephen Curry  
5:24 +2 Andre Iguodala made driving dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 78-70
5:08   Bad pass turnover on Eric Gordon, stolen by Draymond Green  
5:04   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:03   Offensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
5:02   Personal foul on Gerald Green  
4:52   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
4:50   Defensive rebound by Luc Mbah a Moute  
4:39   Luc Mbah a Moute missed layup  
4:36   Offensive rebound by Luc Mbah a Moute  
4:35   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:32   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
4:26   Shooting foul on Gerald Green  
4:26   Team rebound  
4:26   Stephen Curry missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:26 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 79-70
4:12 +2 James Harden made dunk, assist by Clint Capela 79-72
4:02 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 81-72
3:43   James Harden missed floating jump shot  
3:41   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
3:36   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:33   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
3:34 +2 Kevon Looney made dunk 83-72
3:11   Eric Gordon missed hook shot  
3:10   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
3:02   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
2:59   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
2:39   Offensive foul on Eric Gordon  
2:39   Jumpball  
2:23 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 85-72
2:14   Offensive foul on Eric Gordon  
2:14   Offensive foul on Eric Gordon  
2:02   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:02   Team rebound  
1:48 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot 85-75
1:31   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
1:29   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
1:25   Shooting foul on Andre Iguodala  
1:25 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 3 free throws 85-76
1:24   Chris Paul missed 2nd of 3 free throws  
1:24   Team rebound  
1:25 +1 Chris Paul made 3rd of 3 free throws 85-77
1:01   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
1:01   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
0:53 +3 Gerald Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Gordon 85-80
0:40   Personal foul on Nene  
0:40 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws